Kiribati Submarine Cable Connectivity Via Southern Cross NEXT

Southern Cross Cables Press Release

January 22, 2018

Kiritimati/Bermuda: Southern Cross Cable CEO, Mr Anthony Briscoe, and Chairman of BwebwerikiNET, the new Government of Kiribati state-owned enterprise, Mr Riteti Maniraka today announced a landmark milestone for Kiribati, with confirmation that Kiribati will connect to the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable to provide low latency and fast connectivity from Kiritimati to Australia and the United States of America.

Southern Cross has been a major component of Pacific Island connectivity for the past 15 years, and is delighted to be able to help expand and enhance the community interconnectivity through the Southern Cross NEXT project. The Southern Cross NEXT cable solves a major piece of the international bandwidth puzzle for Kiribati for the next 20 plus years.

The new Southern Cross NEXT cable system is due go live in late 2019 and will connect Kiribati to Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as a number of other Pacific Islands. The system is designed to be able to provide more than 60 Terabits of capacity, which is significantly larger than any current or planned system. The Southern Cross NEXT cable will also connect to a number of Pacific Islands on its path across the Pacific Ocean providing international cable capacity in places where none exists today greatly enhancing the interconnectivity of the Pacific Island community.

The Southern Cross NEXT Cable system will join the existing Southern Cross systems to provide multiple paths, diversity and robustness to its customers, and the ability to allocate or balance between different cable systems to meet the needs of their business or classes of traffic.

For more information, please contact: Southern Cross Cables Limited:

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